Once Upon A Time…

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “once.”

Once upon a time there was a world where crowds gathered in restaurants and theatres, where large family gatherings were normal, and where face masks were for Halloween.

Once upon a time we could play music together and run camps for young people, and there was no need to worry about how close someone else was standing.

Once upon a time we could gather for church and sing together.

Once upon a time we could hug…

Was it really only a year ago that it was possible to do all those things? In some ways it seems like a fairytale.

Before this gets too gloomy, let me share a fantastic video that came to mind when I saw this week’s prompt. The Marsh Family have used their lockdown time well by entertaining the nation with their take on some classic songs. This is their version of “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” or rather “Totally Fixed Where We Are.”

“Once upon a time we could travel abroad; now we barely get in the car.
There’s nothing we can do. We’re totally fixed where we are.”

It’s easy to look back on the “good old days” and become despondent about our current situation, but fortunately some Bible verses also come to mind, reminding us of the wonderful blessings that we once didn’t have.

“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” (1 Peter 2:10 NLT)

“You…were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” (Colossians 1:21-22 NLT)

“Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13 NLT)

In this time when so many of us are desperately longing for normality, these truths don’t take that away, but they do provide a reminder that maybe the present isn’t so bad after all.  In a lot of ways things are much better than they once were, and there are still reasons to be thankful.

24 thoughts on “Once Upon A Time…

  1. The Marsh family have beautiful voices, Lesley. It gave me goosebumps. I love how you point our discouraged hearts towards those verses and God’s blessings in spite of it all. And I love that Matt Redman song. Yes, I’m “humbled by Your mercy and I’m broken inside.” Thank you so much for this encouraging post. Love and blessings to you, my friend!

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  2. My reflection on “once” went a very similar place that your’s did. If we live longing for the way things once were, we will miss what we have and what is yet to come.

    Amie, FMF #34

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  3. I loved the family and their interpretation of Total Eclipse of the Heart :). It’s crazy how much life has changed in just one year. When I see people on TV, I feel like scolding them because they aren’t wearing masks. And when characters get too close in books, I get nervous for their health ;).

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  4. Lesley, this was such a great post. I showed my boys the family singing, and even they got a kick out of it. Thank you for the reminder that, though we sometimes crave our former normal, certain things never change.

    This verse is one that resonates deeply:
    “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” (1 Peter 2:10 NLT)

    Thanks for always sharing truth here, Lesley!

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  5. Thanks for the reminder that there are always reasons to be thankful, Lesley … even in this seemingly endless season where even the most brave of us have grown more than a little weary.

    I love how this family has gotten creative in their togetherness. Good stuff!

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  6. “Was it really only a year ago that it was possible to do all those things?” – this stopped me for a second; we’ve been in this situation for so long, it feels like forever. I love the verses you shared to remind us of the wonderful blessings that we once didn’t have. Thank you for the perspective that we still have many reasons to be thankful.

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